Lynx AH Mk7
The Lynx was produced under the Anglo-French helicopter agreement of 1967. Several version of the helicopter, including a naval version have since been developed and deployed. The Lynx AH Mk7 flown by the Army Air Corps was Britain's primary anti-tank helicopter for decades, a role now being taken over by the WAH-64D Apache Longbow.
When used in the utility role, Lynx AH Mk7s can carry up to nine troops, often Milan anti-tank teams, or 1350kg of external stores attached to a sling. 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Guns can be fitted to the cabins and manned by door gunners. A range of weapon systems such as 20mm cannons and rocket pods have been tested on the Lynx airframe but these are rarely used.
In the anti-tank role, the AH Mk7 carries 8 FITOW (further Improved TOW) wire-guided missiles on 2x4-tube racks on hardpoints attached to the fuselage. The FITOW has a dual-mode target sensor and two downward-firing self-forging warheads and can be fired in top attack mode - flying in a high arc to strike down through a tank's softer upper armor.
Lynx AH7 Specifications
The Lynx's roof-top TOW sight is built by Raytheon (formerly Hughes). The co-pilot/gunner can use the infra-red sight to acquire targets up to 3.7km away.
Lynx AH7 with 8xFITOW anti-tank missiles.